Zimbabwe in West Indies, 2006 May 5, 2006

Sarwan escapes injury in traffic accident

Ramnaresh Sarwan has said he will be available for this weekend's one-day international double-header against Zimbabwe in Guyana despite being involved in a traffic accident.

The West Indies board's website reports that the 25-year-old Sarwan escaped unhurt after being involved in the collision shortly before noon in the Guyana capital. "I am fine, no scrapes, no scratches, no bruises or anything," Sarwan told windiescricket.com. "I'm fully available to play cricket this weekend at Bourda."

Sarwan was driving along one of the major thoroughfares when the driver of another vehicle failed to yield to traffic on the major road, and his vehicle ended up in the path of Sarwan's SUV. No one in the accident suffered any major injuries.

The news was not so good however, for international umpire Eddie Nicholls, whose son Dylon died in a separate traffic accident. The younger Nicholls died when a truck collided with his mini-bus on a stretch of road that leads to the Guyana international airport. The older Nicholls was set to be reserve umpire for this weekend's two one-day internationals between West Indies and Zimbabwe on Saturday and Sunday at Bourda Oval, but is unlikely to fill the role now.

West Indies lead the seven-match ODI series 2-0, after back-to-back wins in Antigua last weekend.